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Leadership Team

CEO

Chris Gadbois
Chief Executive Officer
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Bio

Chris is a seasoned health care leader and public health professional with significant experience in community-based service delivery. She has worked both within health and human service organizations, and with interagency and governmental collaborations to promote improved health via development of programs to improve integrated and coordinated care for vulnerable populations. Chris holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and a Masters in Community Health Nursing and is Adjunct Faculty at Salve Regina University. She serves on a number of boards including RI Elder Mental Health and Addiction Coalition, STTI Nursing Honor Society, the Executive Board for the RI Alzheimer’s State Plan, and is currently President of the RI Public Health Association.

Rob DiStefano
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer
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Bio

As the CFO and COO, Rob oversees all of CareLink’s Back office operations, finances, and working closely with the CEO and Board

of Directors on business strategy. Rob joined CareLink in October 2019 and brings vast business acumen and experience from prior roles in Healthcare and Retail.

Rob graduated a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Rhode Island. Rob serves as the Chairman of the Board of Contracts and Purchasing in Cranston as well as a committee member on Cranston’s Planning Commission. Additionally, Rob can be found on soccer fields enjoying time watching his three children play the sport he grew up also playing.

Eric Franklin
Director of Rehabilitation & Clinical Services
Health Services
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Bio

As the Director of Rehabilitation, Eric oversees clinical services intended to support CareLink members and non-member agencies in their provision of quality care of their clients. Eric has been employed at CareLink since 2005 and has been working closely with its members to help build some of the most reputable short-term rehabilitation programs in Rhode Island. He also helped to create an outpatient rehabilitation business which specializes in working with older adults, and is currently in the process of adding Respiratory Therapy into CareLink’s list of offered services.

Eric graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University where he was elected to Pi Theta Epsilon Occupational Therapy Honor Society. He has over 20 years of experience working primarily with the aging population to help improve their quality of life. Eric has served on various advisory boards including Bryant University’s new Doctor of Physical Therapy board as well as the RI Oral Health Commission; Long Term Care Sub-Committee.

Susan Perlini
Mobile Dentistry Program Coordinator
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Bio

As the Mobile Dentistry Program Coordinator, Susan oversees dental service operations and is a provider of dental hygiene services to CareLink member and nonmember agencies. Susan is spearheading the expansion of CareLink’s Mobile Dentistry comprehensive services, allowing the dental team to deliver quality oral health care for older adults.

Susan is a licensed Public Health Dental Hygienist and has over 25 years of experience serving at risk populations.

Susan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Rhode Island where she received the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society Award.

She has served on a variety of boards including the Rhode Island Board of Dental Examiners. She is a ADEX Dental Hygiene Examiner for The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA). She has joined the RI Oral Health Commission Safety Net Workgroup.

In her spare time Susan enjoys time with her grandchildren and family.

Robyn Earley
Director of Network Development
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Bio

Robyn Earley has been a Speech-Language Pathologist and Post-Acute and Community based care administrator specializing in the care of older adults for over 20 years. Robyn served as the founder and head of a large Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology team and a member of senior leadership at a Harvard Medical School affiliated health care continuum. Robyn received her BA in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Florida and her MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from San Diego State University. She was a graduate of Hebrew Seniorlife University, a 15-month executive training program which supported the development and launch of the HSL employee wellness program. While at HSL, Robyn was certified as a LEAN/Six Sigma Green Belt. Robyn is a licensed SLP in MA, RI and CT and is a Certified Dementia practitioner. Within the community, Robyn serves on the board of the RISHA and serves as the RI State Advocate for Reimbursement. THC. In her spare time, Robyn is a competitive sailboat racer, avid snowboarder and overall outdoor enthusiast.

Colleen O’Halloran
Director, Group Purchasing & Contracting
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Bio

Colleen joined Carelink in 2019 coming from a sales position in the wireless industry. She was a pharmaceutical representative for twenty years. A large portion of those years were spent working with Nursing Homes in Rhode Island. Colleen has also held sales positions in the industrial packaging & shipping, janitorial, maintenance, and safety supplies field. Colleen graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Framingham State University.

Colleen and her husband Chris live in Seekonk and enjoy traveling and family activities with their four children. Colleen has held volunteer positions with the Seekonk School system as the Parents Advisory Committee President as well as Treasurer for the Seekonk Athletic Boosters Club for many years. Colleen received the 2015 St. Hilaire Community Service Award which recognizes individuals who have had a long career of extraordinary service to the people of the Town of Seekonk.

Dr. Jeffrey Dodge
Lead Dentist
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Bio

Dr. Dodge received is BA in Biology from St. Michael’s College and his DMD from Tufts Dental School. In addition to his role as a dentist at CareLink, Dr. Dodge maintains a private practice in General Dentistry in Woonsocket. He has a strong back ground in serving the most vulnerable patients in our society. Dr. Dodge believes in collaboration and maintains connections with the RI Department of Health where he serves on numerous workgroups, including The Long Term Care Group, which brings together stakeholders from across the country, via teleconference, to discuss and share best practices. He is the Founder and President of the Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation, which sponsors the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic, held annually. Dr. Dodge has served as the Associate Director of an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program, and is also an adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Dodge is a Past President of the Rhode Island Dental Association and also served on the RI State Board of Dental Examiners, where he was the Chair. Dr. Dodge has the distinction of Fellowship in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In Dr. Dodge’s off hours he enjoys cooking and exploring the less traveled roads of New England, especially coastal Maine.

Nanor Antreassian
HR Business Partner
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Bio

Nanor Antreassian graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Business Administration from Northeastern University. She received her Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2019, Nanor moved to Rhode Island where she began working for CareLink as the Human Resources Generalist, shortly after, being promoted to Human Resources Business Partner.

Nanor is currently a Rhode Island Chapter member of a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenian children in Armenia, Artsakh, Javakh, Lebanon, and Syria: the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR). She is also a member of the Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA), which connects, inspires, and empowers Armenian women throughout the world to bring about positive change in their lives and in their communities.

CareLink Board of Directors

Kevin McKay, Executive Director
Tockwotton on the Waterfront
Chair
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Julie Richard, Executive Director
Steere House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Treasurer
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Roberta Merkle, Esq.
Saint Elizabeth Community
Secretary
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Maureen Bischoff, Chief Operating Officer
Visiting Nurse of HopeHealth
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Stephanie Igoe, Administrator
Hallworth House
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Steven Horowitz, President
Saint Elizabeth Community
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Laurie Ann Oliveira, Administrator
The Seasons East Greenwich
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Diana Franchitto, President
HopeHealth
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Deb Putnam, Executive Director
Saint Antoine Residence
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Colette Silverman, Executive Director
Scandinavian Communities
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Matt Trimble, Chief Operating Officer
Saint Elizabeth Community
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Chris Gadbois
CEO
CareLink

Rob DiStefano
CFO & COO
CareLink

Finance Committee

Julie Richard, Chair
Executive Director
Steere House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Caroline Naughton Rumowicz
Director
Cathleen Naughton Associates

Glen P. Martin, CFP
Private Client Advisor

Dan Hughes
Director of Finance
Scandinavian Communities

Tammy Summiel
Administrator
The Villa at St. Antoine

Rob Leach
Senior Relationship Manager
TD Bank

Rob DiStefano
CFO & COO
CareLink

Chris Gadbois
CEO
CareLink

Donna Standley
Senior Account
CareLink